Every year around this time I really feel like my eating habits could slip, big time. In January I’m pretty amped up on New Year’s resolutions and excited about eating healthy. By mid-February I’m pretty tired of the cold and just don’t have the energy to put into cooking up a healthy meal every night. Frozen veggie burgers and heavy pasta dinners can really start to sound appealing.
I recently got my hands on a copy of No Excuses Detox from Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista, and I’m pretty darn impressed. This book is full of meals that are not only easy and healthy, but hearty and tasty enough to satisfy me amid my winter grumpiness.
The zucchini “pasta” primavera is the first recipe I tried from the book, and it was exactly what I needed. The entire dish is made from veggies, so it’s super healthy, but it’s served piping hot and loaded with garlic and spices, so it’s flavorful and satisfying. The recipe comes together in one pot in under a half hour, so it’s totally doable on a weeknight.
You will get an enormous batch of food out of this one. The recipe serves two, and as this was cooking up I repeatedly commented to my husband that there was no way the two of us would be able to finish off the whole batch. But we did, and loved every bite of it, and when all was said and done, instead whining about being stuffed and falling asleep on the couch like I might normally do after a big batch of pasta, I had plenty of energy to do the dishes and high five the hubs about polishing off several pounds of veggies. We even skipped the Parmesan cheese in lieu of some nutritional yeast flakes, to keep the dish vegan, but it was no less satisfying.
When asparagus isn’t in season, feel free to use chopped broccoli as a substitute. Reprinted with permission from No Excuses Detox, copyright © 2017 by Megan Gilmore, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography copyright © 2017 by Erin Scott
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